ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Established in 1996, Halau Na Pua 'o Uluhaimalama has participated in many cultural community events including the Merrie Monarch Festival noon shows and Kamehameha Day statue lei-draping ceremonies. "Hula is all about lineage. It is an age-old Hawaiian cultural practice enacted through chanting, singing, and dancing. Each hula movement has a meaning that helps tell a story about gods and goddesses, nature, or important events. Rather than simply a performance geared for tourists, the dance is something Hawaiians did for themselves for centuries at religious ceremonies honoring gods or rites of passage and at social occasions as a means of passing down history. Hula is our way of honoring our ancestors," explains kumu hula Emery Aceret.